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Vol. 15 No.5
Sep/Oct 2011


A. Higher Vision
B. Global Challenges
C. Mission Opportunities



 
People Are Excited About God's Missions
By Dr. Paul Szeto
     With the help of Rev. John Gault and members of the ECF Committee in Northern Ireland, I had the opportunity to share what God's doing in China in seven churches in Northern Ireland from September 4 to 11. These special meetings on Missions attracted large, enthusiastic audiences. People in these churches have been prayer partners with ECF for many years. They support the growing ministry of ECF with faithful donations and love gifts. Some young people also have joined ECF teaching teams to China, Macau and the Philippines in the past. On this trip, I met with several groups of young professionals and university students for lunch, and all are interested in doing short-term missions in China. My last meeting was at the Straid Congregational Church where I visited about 18 years ago. It was so exciting to meet up with friends and supporters at the church after so many years. They still remember me with many details of our work and my family. Thank God for such a supporting group of Missions partners.


With Betty Kirk, former ECF member in the U.K.


     I am most grateful to Rev. Gault for his ministry of caring for his flock at the Larne Baptist Church. With him, I visited two gentlemen who stay at the Royal Hospital and the City Hospital in Belfast for serious illnesses. I learned better ways to comfort the sick and encourage their families.

     The fellowship dinner with the ECF Committee was so encouraging because all members (Mrs. Anne McCloskey, Mr. John Ritchie, Mr. Andrew Vaughan and Mrs. Hazel Gault) are so committed to the Lord's work through missionary outreach. I also had a chance to meet with Miss Betty Kirk who served for many years as a member of the U.K. Committee.


Larne Baptist Church


     To witness the granting of the Bachelor of Divinity degree to six graduates and the Bachelor of Theology degree to another six servants of the Lord at the Irish Baptist College on September 10th was another encouraging experience.

     I was deeply grateful to share with Dr. Edwin Ewart, the College Principal, the vision and the needs for Missions Partners in China. Several years ago, ECF established a scholarship at this college for the support of international students in honor of Dr. J. Edwin Orr. God has truly blessed the education program of this college.


Dr. Edwin Ewart granting degrees to graduates


     My visit with Gibson and Margaret Boyle was such a joy. Even though he is still limited in his physical condition two years after surgery, he continues to serve the Lord with his cell phone. He texts to friends, encouraging them to pray for revival. When he learned about the new Dr. J. Edwin Orr Revival Center established at ECF headquarters in America, he praised God with joy and tears.


Rev. John Gault and family



PLEASE PRAY FOR DR. SZETO

OCTOBER
       2    ECF International Chapel
    5-8    China Bible Ministry Exhibition Delegation (13 members) visit Los Angeles Areas
     16    Hangzhou churches
     17    Free medical service for the needy in China
             (accompany three medical doctors from America - Dr. Anson Yew, Dr. Christine
             Szeto Yew and Dr. Andrew Cheng will join up with several physicians from the
             Chong-yi Church in Hangzhou for this one day medical service in Hangzhou)      18    Dedication of New Home for the Seniors, New Chapel and the small hospital.
             Dr. Harold Lane, ECF International Chairman will join the three doctors for the
             presentation of a medical mobile from ECF.
19-21    Beijing - visit new leadership at SARA
     23    Sihui Christian Church
     24    ECF new Computer Center in Hong Kong


NOVEMBER
       6    ECF International Chapel
     12    ECF Executive Council


 
2011 English Teaching Teams


     The two English teaching teams to China have come back with thanksgivings. With God's grace, even though the weather was very hot this year, everyone was in good health and in good spirits. Here are their testimonies:

Kaiping Teaching Experience


Jenny Lew - Praising God for His Wonderful Grace


Jenny Lew

     The Lord put together our team from different backgrounds and cultures but with one mind and one heart to serve Him in Kaiping. Through the daily encounters in two weeks, we were able to use our modified lesson plan to teach and share with the forty teachers from Jiaolun Middle School and six other middle schools in Kaiping. We used games, skits, small group discussions, power point presentations, singing and dancing to enhance the teaching and learning experience. Some of the teachers liked the classes so much that they even invited their friends, their former and current students to participate. The morning session was from 9 to 11am and the afternoon session was from 1 to 3 pm. Every evening we were invited by two or three teachers to a local restaurant. We tried many delicious Kaiping special dishes. The teachers even took us to tour the famous Kaiping Diaolou which is classified as "World Heritage Site" in China. We have exchanged email addresses with the teachers and will continue our friendship and communication for a long time. We give all praises and glory to our Lord Jesus Christ for His wonderful love and grace and sending faithful supporters for our Kaiping teaching program!


Judith Braddon - God Provided in Every Way


Judith Braddon

     What an amazing experience! My trip to Kaiping was truly a God guided event. I came unsure of what to expect and was constantly surprised by what God provided us. The teachers we were teaching were excited to have English speaking people with whom to converse, and took in what we had to offer with overwhelming enthusiasm and joy. We discovered what the teachers wanted us to share with them, and God provided us with the words and direction for our teaching. The most enjoyable times were when we shared meals with the teachers. This was when we were able to get to know them more personally and shared our Christian faith and traditions. The most memorable and touching occasion was at the home of one of the teachers where we sang "Amazing Grace". The teachers have become good friends. I'm looking forward to continue communicating and sharing through email with them. Also, I hope they will utilize the many teaching skills we presented to them during the two weeks. God bless you ECF for providing me this awesome encounter with such incredible people.


Henry Lin - Building Bridges Through Teaching


Henry Lin

     "Where is Kaiping?" That's the first question that people would normally ask me when they found out that was the destination for my short-term mission trip this summer. Kaiping is a small city located in Guangdong, China, with historical watchtowers and many bridges. Like the cityscape of Kaiping, the focus of our mission was to build bridges or relationships with the people here through teaching. We worked with the local high school English teachers who wanted more training in different teaching styles and strategies. They were very hospitable and friendly. As we were giving them the training, they were also willing to share with us the challenges that both teachers and students have to face. Gradually, I was able to comprehend that even though they were content with the way they live, the only way to success is to make sure their students do well on exams from one grade level to the next. We suggested some approaches that may spark student interest in learning, but deep inside I know it takes more than just a few teaching techniques in two short weeks to change their lives. Even though I didn't have the chance to let them know about the abundant life I found in Jesus Christ, I now have names and faces that I can correspond with and pray for. I've come to the conclusion that this is only the beginning of my real mission in Kaiping.


Harrison McMaster - A Special Place in My Heart


Harrison McMaster

     Teaching in Kaiping was one of the greatest experiences of my life. God is so amazing, and worked in so many ways over there, in our hearts, and in theirs. The people I met in China, the teachers that I taught, are some of the most loving, genuine, and good people I have ever come to know. I went to Kaiping hoping and thinking that I was going to teach them, and while I did, I gained and learnt so much more than I could have ever taught them. I will always treasure the friendships I made there, and a piece of my heart will always be in Kaiping, China.


Hangzhou Teaching Experience


Molly Chang - Building up the Young Generation


Molly Chang

     This year's trip to Hangzhou was like going home for me. It is not just because I was familiar with our hostess, the YWCA, the Hangzhou Seminary, or the West Lake. It is because I was doing two things that I enjoyed the most, promoting "teach with our hearts" and "love people" with God's perspective. At the Hangzhou Seminary, I had a meaningful and precious week spending time with pastors and seminarians in sharpening their English speaking skills. Their eagerness to reach out to the world using a new language is commendable. With my fellow teachers at the Hangzhou Vocational School, I witnessed a group of teachers who wanted to use their hearts to love and teach their students. My week there with them was priceless, and I wish our friendship would continue, as we need each other's encouragement in order to build up this new generation of young people. I thank ECF and all the people who took part to make this mission possible for me.


Janna Gray - A Challenging and Fulfilling Trip


Janna Gray

     I never thought that I would visit China, and now I cannot wait to return. Traveling to China was a challenging yet extremely fulfilling trip for me. While I was a part of the ECF teaching team in Hangzhou, I was able to make new friendships, learn so much, and gain a new experience that I will cherish forever. As I worked with the seminary students and pastors, as well as the children from the YWCA, I learned a great deal about Chinese culture as well as how to say a few words in Mandarin, including numbers 1-10! My assistants were all very helpful, and I do believe that I have made some life-long friends. Not only do I walk away with a better understanding of Chinese culture and history, but also with a better understanding of myself, and an excitement about similar endeavors in the future.


Alexandre Bundrant - Great Learning Experience


Alexandre Bundrant

     Arriving in Hangzhou, China I was amazed by many strange and wonderful things. I was dropped off at the YWCA to observe one day before teaching. When I arrived, the classroom was full of 9 to 12 year old Chinese kids. I was approached by a translator saying he was in need of a teacher. Then and there, with no preparation, I was told to teach. I took a deep breath, said a quick prayer and started off the class with the name game. For the next two weeks, I was with these kids teaching them English and American culture, and playing games and activities to keep them interested. For the last two days, I was offered to teach the seminary class. I gladly accepted. I was able to share the word of God freely and talk about church. This was a great experience for me, and I learned a lot from the future pastors. I enjoyed working with ECF and the YWCA in this unique opportunity. It was a trip to China that I will never forget.


Winston Wang - Enjoy Being with the Kids


Winston Wang

     This trip was my second time going to Hang Zhou to teach English. It was, as before, a great experience not only because of the people I was able to meet, but also because of the experience of teaching younger kids and being able to help them with their English speaking skills. I could see that every day they enjoyed going to class. They were attentiveness and their willing to participate. At first they were a bit reserved and quiet, but after a couple of days of playing English games and practicing their speaking skills, they became much more willing to stand in front of the class and speak aloud. It was also a wonderful time getting to know the other volunteers and to hang out with them and to share a good devotional time each night. We all got to see a bit of China, and we got to know each other through this great experience. I would definitely be willing to take part in it again.


Krista Maron - Chance of A Lifetime


Krista Maron

     Teaching in Hangzhou has been one of the best experiences of my life. Being given the opportunity to share with Middle and High School students, as well as Seminary students, was a blessing, and I felt I made a real impact in their lives. Also, the people in China were very friendly and were excited about showing me their part of the world. The teaching assistants were also very helpful and did everything they could to make the teachers feel comfortable. The chance to teach in China is the chance of a lifetime; I was able to step back into simpler life and able to enjoy the beauty that God created.


Vanessa Raisch - God's Love is Great


Vanessa Raisch

     Words cannot express how thankful I am for having this amazing opportunity through ECF to go to China and teach English. I had been praying for an opportunity like this, and almost instantly this teaching trip fell in my lap. Prior to leaving for China, I received so much love and support from family and friends, it was so overwhelming. I knew at that moment that was God's love pouring out, and it brought me to tears. I knew this is what He wanted me to do. The entire trip was such an awesome experience, and I will treasure the times spent there. I don't know if the group of students knew this, but I was not only teaching them English ... I also learned many valuable things about faith, love, and life through them.


Eric Chiang - Life Changing Experience


Eric Chiang

     I am eternally grateful to ECF and to God for this life-changing teaching experience in Hangzhou. Through the laughs I shared with my students during lessons and games, the delicious authentic Chinese dinners I ate with my fellow teachers, and the times of sharing about our different lives with my teaching assistants. I am reminded that even though the people we served and I live on opposite sides of the world, we are one family, who are under one sovereign God. Through these God-given experiences, I continually come to realize that life is not about my studies, career, or status, but about the all-powerful God, who continually blesses me, and is about serving His people. Not only will I never forget my experience in Hangzhou, but I will most definitely return to this great city I have come to love.


Jessie Montz - Building True Friendship


Jessie Montz

     I was fortunate enough to teach in Hangzhou this summer. I was approached with the opportunity spur of the moment and decided it would be an excellent way to spend more time in China. Upon arrival, I could not believe how brilliant the "teacher group" was. Their level of English was outstanding. As the week passed, I began to develop true friendships with the teacher group of students. I cannot wait to hear of all of the teachers' success.



Supporters of Kaiping Teaching Program
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Szeto (L) and Mr. Wing Chi Ng (R)



Philippines
15th Anniversary Celebration
     The ECF Children's Center in the Philippines celebrated its 15th Anniversary with a worship service at the Christ Centered Christian Church. There were 85 people, including the sponsored children, their families and visitors who joined in festivities. The children presented special numbers; Pastor Nicolas shared an encouraging message on Psalm 121:1-8 "We are in Victory"; and Pastor Bamba offered the prayer of thanksgiving. The afternoon ended with a fellowship meal which everyone enjoyed.



USA
YWCA Children visit the ECF Headquarters
     Ms. Elizabeth He and Ms. Diana Deng of the Hangzhou YWCA escorted 14 junior high school students on a summer English exchange program to the USA. The group visited New York, Los Angeles and San Diego where they went sightseeing, experienced local culture, and enjoyed shopping. One of their stops in the Greater Los Angeles area was Monterey Park where they were warmly welcomed by the Mayor at the City Hall. The children were also given an opportunity to practice their English conversational skills when the visited the ECF Headquarters. Each child was filmed at the GCC studios while they delivered their welcome greetings to Dr. & Mrs. Paul Szeto and the staff.




Macau
Summer Activities and Mission
     It was a busy month for the Orphanage in summer time. Several mission groups from Singapore and Hong Kong visited the orphanage to host different activities for the children, such as summer special class, praying school, Chinese computer input contest, musical instruments class and various outdoor activities. All the children enjoyed the programs and had fun during the summer break.



China
Sihui baptizes 100 new believers
     The Sihui Church held two baptismal services where a total of 100 new believers were welcomed into the Body of Christ. Pray that the Lord will continue to bless this church which had humble beginnings in a small home with only 50 people and now has blossomed into 500 members.






 
Better Teaching Equipment for the YWCA
     ECF has been in partnership with the YWCA in Hangzhou for about a decade. Hundreds have been blessed by the Summer English Programs being conducted at the YWCA. These programs include English Conversation for gifted children in different schools; English Teaching Methodology for English teachers in China; and Special English Classes for pastors and Christian workers from various churches. In order to improve the teaching program, ECF donated a large TV screen to be used for special classes in the summer.






2000 Books Donated to Hangzhou
     After the Nation-wide Theological Seminary Librarian Training Conference in June, the China Christian Council decided to improve the library system for five seminaries. With the support of Dr. Paul Gray from Azusa Pacific University and several pastors and friends, Mrs. Dorcas Szeto was able to raise 2,000 excellent theological books in the English language to be donated to the Zhejiang Theological Seminary in Hangzhou.

     ECF staff worked hard in preparing all 48 boxes of books for shipment to China in mid-September. May God bless this special theological book project and those who would use these good books in their preparation for the Lord’s service all throughout China.









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